“I am funny, relatable, and supportive but I don't sugarcoat.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I told my family I wanted to attend therapy as a kid, I got the “therapy isn't for Black people" talk. I think I have always been in touch with my feelings and the feelings of others (I’m an empath if you'd like to label it). I knew that having a voice and support outside the dynamics of my family was the only way to make a healthy future for myself. I went to college and fell in love with my abnormal psychology class and from there, my career path transformed into my true life's passion. I was accepted into graduate school in the summer of 2012 and I knew my career would involve building a safe space for women, especially brown girls who look like me. I want to provide a space where they can grow, heal, and conquer!
What should someone know about working with you?
I am funny, relatable, and supportive but I don't sugarcoat. I foster a space to help clients find radical acceptance in an honest, judgment-free environment. I specialize in trauma and PTSD and I have extensive training in addiction. I utilize a lot of somatic work to focus on healing the body and mind. In my experience with trauma, I’ve learned to always go slow when meeting clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I know the last several years have been life-changing for the entire world and while we have seen some of the greatest tragedies, we have also seen great strides toward change. The pandemic and the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have brought to the forefront that trauma is real and impacts us all daily. I have been so excited to see so many platforms create space for conversations around allyship, supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, racial injustice, equity, equality, and intersectionality. The mental health landscape is rapidly expanding and flourishing. I believe this changing climate has helped people find the strength to reach out for support. It has allowed people to give themselves the permission to heal and helped normalize therapy.
“I foster a space to help clients find radical acceptance in an honest, judgment-free environment.”